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Old 15 December 2014, 03:02   #1
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Poole Harbour Prosecutions

Whilst reading the Echo this morning, in amongst the drink drivers I noticed some successful prosecutions for speeding in the harbour. Three in one go is a lot, the total costs and fines are quite a lot so hopefully it will discourage and calm people down
In The Dock: 7 people who have appeared in court from Poole (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Costs are more for speeding in the harbour than nicking loads of stuff and being locked up!
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TBH I am not surprised, whilst staying at Redcliffe farm for 2 weeks this September we did at least 6 return passages through the harbour, and the behavior of some was bordering on being reckless, at times it seemed like a free for all, I honestly thought that I had misunderstood the 10 knott limit.

I for one am pleased to see some action being taken against these knobs.

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I have no problem with speeding/reckless boat owners being fined. But why should a "traffic" offense covet a higher fine than burglary/robbery/etc?

It seems that the easy option in more cases is to go for the road-user (whether at sea or on land) as they must have more money because they own a boat/car, etc.
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I'm sure someone will correct me .....but I seem to recall the limit was introduced in response to an incident where large wash from a pasing vessel caused a chap to fall out of his tender and die.

Hence why the 'traffic offence' is regarded as serious ( oh and as boaters we are all minted aren't we ? )

To be fair and knowing the guys that 'enforce' the limits - they would rather have words than dish out fines ....
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But a speeding offense where the wash 'may' cause someone to fall out of their tender (I'm not belittling the incident, but it's hopefully unlikely to happen again), or somebody breaking into homes, rifling through belongings and taking what they want or even abusing someone in the process of taking what they want. I know which I would come down more harshly on!
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I wish they would fine 10 times as many people, they could if they wanted to as there are plenty of oppourtunities. The problem is a lot of powerboat owners and some sailors dont know the rules of the road and dont bother finding out about the speed limits or dont think they will get court. Us who operate from Poole Harbour are constantly having issues with people who dont know the rules or the speed limits and it makes for a stressful day out. even in winter people think the relaxation of the 10 knot limit applies through the harbour entrance which it doesn't.

As to wash, yes a real pain if your doing 10 knots through harbour entrance and a large powerboat is doing 30knots, im surprised more people dont come to grief.

Nuff said, it will always be an issue.
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IIRC there was also a nasty ski boat accident which resulted in a boat getting T-boned and a death. After this they introduced the current speed limit
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I have no problem with speeding/reckless boat owners being fined. But why should a "traffic" offense covet a higher fine than burglary/robbery/etc?

It seems that the easy option in more cases is to go for the road-user (whether at sea or on land) as they must have more money because they own a boat/car, etc.
I think it is more to do with 'sending out a message' and 'making an example' to get irresponsible boaters to think twice.

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I'm sure someone will correct me .....but I seem to recall the limit was introduced in response to an incident where large wash from a pasing vessel caused a chap to fall out of his tender and die.

Hence why the 'traffic offence' is regarded as serious ( oh and as boaters we are all minted aren't we ? )

To be fair and knowing the guys that 'enforce' the limits - they would rather have words than dish out fines ....
Ironically many planning craft create less wash at speed on the plane, than they do off the plain (say at the harbour speed limit) pushing a wall of water in front of them!
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